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by Mantak & Maneewan Chia. All Rights Reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced by any mechanical, photo- graphic or electronic process, or in. A student of several Taoist masters, Mantak Chia founded the Healing Tao System in North America in and developed it worldwide as European Tao Yoga. Author of The Multi-orgasmic Couple, Chi Self-Massage, Bone Marrow Nei Kung, Wisdom chi kung, The Multi-orgasmic Man, The.

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You dont have to follow exactly the lines pictured - they are just there to give you an idea of the directions of flow in the meridians. Tapping wakes up the nerves. How do you like to be woken up? Tap very gently on softer areas such as the belly and face, and not at all on breasts and genitals. Get feedback from your Lover on how it feels: would they like a drum solo in some places - such as the sacrum and shoulder- blades, or would they prefer tippy-toe tap?

Moreover they convince you strongly of all the benefits of doing these techniques. However they fail to mention the dangers of these practices. This book really needs to include some important warnings: 1 These are advanced energetic practices of the Taoist system. The sexual energy that is circulated is very powerful.

I would recommend to not do these practices at all. There are many dangers to these practices and you don't need to do them to live a happy and healthy life. The exercises are explained clearly and there are many helpful illustrations. Some of the assertions do require more than a bit of suspension of disbelief, though. Given that he promises to reveal all secrets, it seems counterintuitive that he would then write poetically or metaphorically to the detriment of clarity.

Despite that, the book is an easy and entertaining read. I'll reserve judgment on whether it's any more than that. Apr 29, Filip rated it it was amazing Well written, accessible and easily understandable basic information and instructions to Taoism and the cultivation of male sexual energy.

Detach yourself, be a spectator to the thinking process not a participant. Gradually you will learn to concentrate and direct the healing energy of the Tao.

Position of the Tongue The tongue is the bridge between the two channels, the Functional and the Governor. They are separated by the tongue. There are three positions for the tongue.

For the beginner, place the tongue where it is most comfortable.

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If it is uncomfortable to place the tongue to the palate, place it near the teeth. The place near the teeth will produce air wind and will make it easy for you to fall asleep. The top of the palate before the palate is the Fire Place.

If touched for too long it will make the mouth and tongue feel dry. This is the Heavenly Pool position about 1. It connects with the kidney and runs up past the heart, so these two pools will stimulate the kidney and sperm energy to rise up past the heart and enter the small brain and the Pituitary Gland, which transforms it into brain energy.

This will later on be- come Nectar and strengthen the heart energy. If the room is conducive to meditating, but your jaw clenched, your neck stiff, shoulders tense, your back stiff, your stomach upset, you will not be able to circulate the chi energy and complete the microcosmic orbit. A relaxed mental attitude and the thirty-six deep abdominal breaths will help to calm your mind and begin to relax your body. But to achieve full calmness means more than simply relaxing tense muscles and jittery nerves.

To gain a deep and lasting state of relaxation requires that we develop a feeling of peace in our inner- most parts. Only when our vital organs like the heart, lungs, liver, kidney and stomach, nervous system and circulatory system are feeling relaxed, can we psychologically feel serene.

Healing Power of a Smile Have you ever walked down the street grumbling or worrying about things you have to do, your relationships, your job, your whole life? A genuine smile has tremendous power. When you smile at someone it makes them feel good about themselves. When you smile at your plants they feel your loving energy and they grow. A true smile is a sign of love, a transmitter of energy which has a warming, healing effect. It is a vehicle for music.

A person who does not smile is like a guitar which is not played: The non-smiler, likewise, does not develop his ability to give and receive love. His dark countenance and serious approach to life is often coupled with ulcers and other medical disorders as his life slowly crumbles for lack of care and love. On the other hand, the guitar that is polished and played has its strings changed regularly, the bow adjusted and is kept safely in a case.

A well-loved and tended guitar brings life and light to the musician, and often outlives its owner. Unfortunately, while we all recognize the difference between cheery people and glum people, and while we associate happi- ness with health, and sadness with sickness, we still do not ac- knowledge the power of smiling or understand its full potential.

Perhaps our hospitals should hire clowns and jesters to make their patients smile. In smiling at our friends, families and loved ones, why have we not learned to smile to ourselves?

In ancient China, the Taoists taught that a constant inner smile, a smile to oneself, insured health, happiness, and longevity. Smiling to yourself is like basking in love: Living with an inner smile is to live in harmony with yourself.

One look at our western society shows that we do not know the secret of smiling. The lack of harmony within ourselves is tragi- cally apparent.

We are plagued with an increase in physical and emotional illness that ranges from cancer to anorexia nervousa. Our loves are always shadowed by a world filled with violence and self-destruction. Both the individual and the collective society are threatened by rampant drug abuse and nuclear waste.

Smile Love into your Vital Organs The complexity of global problems can be so overwhelming that most people simply give up trying to understand the whole picture of their life. Our heads reel from an overload of information that spews out from television, newspaper, radio and computers.

The challenge is to simplify all this information into digestible form. If the body is healthy, it can easily assimilate the stress of mod- ern living and even find it a creative challenge.

But many people ignore their natural balancing mechanisms between the body and mind. They attempt to digest the world with their minds, piling up concepts, thoughts, and desires like giant mounds of mental bag- gage.

They ignore the fact that their body must carry this extra mental baggage around twenty-four hours a day, and eventually tires of the extra weight. Exhausted, the body gives up prematurely result- ing in heart failure, stroke, arthritis, or liver dysfunction.

The col- lapse is blamed on a poor physical body, but the overstressed mind is the true culprit. For instance, we think we are satisfied when our mind is pleased: He avoids cleaning the spark plugs or changing the oil, then uses leaded instead of unleaded gasoline. We are really no different. We spend all our energy and money making certain our outer selves are presentable, then we abuse our inner selves by eating an imbalanced diet, drinking, smoking, and worst of all, denying ourselves love.

Some people have an astonishing ability to convince themselves that their health is not caused by their own behavior, and quickly blame their illness on bad genes, old age, fate, etc. But most people are simply unaware that their illnesses are the direct result of ac- cumulated years of stress and seemingly minor abuse of the physi- cal body, especially of the vital organs. These vital organs are inti- mately connected to every aspect of our mind.

Our body is the filter for all our perceptions, feelings, thoughts, as well as the store- house for our memory, our very sense of identity.

Most people fail to realize that even if our mind temporarily stops functioning, if we cease to think or feel, our organs can continue to work. But the moment your spleen bursts, your heart stops, or your liver malfunctions, your life is in serious danger.

The brain is the boss, but organs do the work. Imagine your organs are working in a factory, your mind is the boss. If the boss. The factory shuts down, no goods are produced, and the boss is left trying to negoti- ate with the workers. But his power is diminished if the workers have already shut down the factory.

It may never open again, and cause the boss to lose his livelihood. Remember, the problem did not occur overnight. How to smile down with the Inner Smile Start with the Eyes. To practice the inner smile begin by closing your eyes and smiling sincerely into them.

Relax and feel a deep smile shining through your eyes. By relaxing your eyes you can calm your entire nervous system. Your eyes are connected to your autonomic nervous system which is divided into two parts, the sympathetic and parasympa- thetic nervous systems. The sympathetic nervous system con- trols the flight or fight reaction. The parasympathetic permits the body to rest and feel secure.

It generates calm, loving feelings and is in turn activated by similar feelings of love and acceptance from other people. These two systems are linked with every organ and gland in the body, which are given commands through the nervous system to speed up or slow down the activity of the body as needed.

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Thus it is through the link between your eyes and your nervous systems that your entire range of emotions and immediate physical reac- tions are controlled. By relaxing your eyes with the inner smile, you free your mind of tension held throughout the entire body.

The mind is then freed to concentrate and apply all its available creative en- ergy to the task at hand, e. This connection between visual relaxation and the ability to concentrate is an essential Taoist insight.

After you feel your eyes tingling with a huge inner smile, direct that smiling energy down into your body and fill your vital organs with love. Front Line: Smile down into the eyes, face, neck, heart, and blood circulatory system, the lungs, pancreas, spleen, liver, kidneys and adrenals.

Middle Line: Smile down from the mouth to the stom- ach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum, si- multaneously swallowing saliva. Swallow saliva to the stomach and intestines. Begin at the eyes, then smile down the inside of the spine, vertebra by vertebra.

This smiling of chi energy from your eyes down your front through the organs will later aid you in circulating the microcosmic orbit. Your smile should flow effortlessly like a waterfall, from your eyes down through your vital organs towards your genitals. With prac- tice your chi will flow through these organs automatically, helping them in their work.

Smile down your face into your jaws. Your jaws are a major store- house of tension. This may be accompanied by tingling sen- sations or noises, so do not be alarmed should that happen. The tongue is the bridge connecting the back yang and front yin channels. Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth just behind your front teeth. The correct position of the tongue is touching the soft palate in the rear of the mouth, but it is easier to leave it in front in the beginning.

When chi flows into the tongue it may produce strange taste sensations and a warm tingle. The neck region is another reservoir of tension. Contained in this area are many important nerves and blood vessels vitally impor- tant to your well being.

The neck is the bridge between your brain and your body. If your neck is a traffic jam, knotted with tension and anxiety, the messages between your brain and organs will be con- fused and tense. If you cannot relax your neck you cannot com- plete the microcosmic orbit.

Tighten your neck muscles then slowly allow them to relax. Tuck in your chin and let your head sink into your chest. Ancient Taoists copied this technique from the behavior of the turtle.

Relax the neck muscles by creating the illusion that they are no longer necessary to hold up your head. Smile into your neck and throat and feel the tension melt. The heart pumps blood and chi energy through your veins and arteries. But in Taoist yoga the heart, along with the kidneys, is the main transformer of chi energy. This means that the heart is ca- pable of both increasing your available chi and raising the quality of its energy to a more refined level.

The arteries are said to belong to yang energy and the veins to yin energy. The arteries therefore have a positive charge and the veins a negative one. When you smile and fill your heart with love you increase the rate of blood circulation and with it the exchange of yin and yang chi in the bloodstream.

So smile into your heart and feel the loving energy of the smile spread throughout your cir- culatory system. If you can use the smile and microcosmic orbit to aid the chi flow, the heart will work less.

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The smile from the eyes and the brain will help to circulate the chi energy and thus aid the blood to flow fully and freely while the heart relaxes. In conjunction with the proper diet and exercise, the likelihood of getting heart disease will be greatly reduced. Feel the stream of relaxation flow down and spread from your face and neck into your heart.

You will sense the heart to be cool and calm, and at the same time feel its physical substance. People who are nervous or who anger quickly often experience pain and tense feelings in and about the heart. Extending the smile relieves stored tension and enables a new kind of functioning to take place. Fill your heart with love. Radiate the love in your heart to your lungs. Feel your lungs soften and breathe with a new ease.

Feel the air inside lighten up as it enters and leaves the lungs. Feel their moist, spongy quality as you relax and fill your lungs with energy.

Now smile into your liver on the right side, just below the rib cage. If your liver is hard, if it is difficult to feel, soften it with your smile. Smile it back to life, rejuvenate it with your love. Direct the smile to your two kidneys, in your lower back just below the rib cage on either side of the spine.

The adrenal glands sit on top of them. Smile at your adrenals, and they may send you a burst of adrenalin. The kidney is the lower transformer of the veins and arteries. Smile to the kidneys and fill them with love. Like the heart, this will increase the flow of chi circulating through your system. Allow the smile to flow throughout your central abdomen, through the pancreas and spleen. Then gently rest the smile in your navel.

If you are relaxed and happy and smile within, your organs produce a honey-like secretion. If you are frightened, nervous, or angry, they produce toxic substances instead. The process of smiling into the organs lightens their work load and enables them to function more efficiently.

They have a hard job pumping and purifying hundreds of gallons of blood each day, breaking down raw food into digestible energy, cleansing toxic substances and storing our emotional tensions.

Smile once again in your eyes. Smile down into your mouth and swish your tongue around to collect saliva. When your mouth is filled with saliva, put the tip of your tongue to your palate, tighten your neck muscles, and swallow hard and quickly, making a gulp- ing sound as you do. With your inner smile follow the saliva down your esophagus, through your internal tract and to your navel. Your saliva is a lubricating nectar that holds vital energy which is dis- persed throughout the body from the navel center.

Smile away the nervous energy in your stomach, and you will eat better food and find it easier to digest. Relax the smiling energy into your small intestine, large intestine, and rectum. Now bring your focus back to your eyes.

Smile into your eyes, your tongue, then begin to smile down the inside of your spinal column. Make sure your posture is straight with shoulders slightly rounded forward. Descend one vertebra at a time, smiling into each until. The spinal column protects your central nervous system and is crucial in increasing your chi circu- lation.

Starting from the neck there are seven cervical vertebrae, twelve thoracic vertebrae, and five lumbar vertebrae plus the sacrum and coccyx. You should experience a feeling of great ease, warmth, and comfort in each vertebra.

When the lumbar, coccyxal, and pubic areas are relaxed, power is released and flows more easily up through the back. With practice the entire smiling meditation can be done in just min- utes, although at first it may take you longer to really feel the smile.

When you end the meditation you do not want to have energy cir- culating around in the higher centers such as the head or the heart. The best place for energy storage in the body is the area of the navel, since it can easily handle the increased body heat. Most ill side effects of meditation are caused by excess energy in the head, but this is easily avoidable.

See Chapter on Preventing Side Ef- fects. To collect the energy simply concentrate your mind on your na- vel and imagine your energy spinning like a slow top inside, spiral- ling outward movement, inside your navel about one and a half inches deep, and 24 times back in to the navel. Men spiral first clockwise; women spiral counter clockwise. Then reverse and circulate the en- ergy in the opposite direction.

Important Note: You would cir- culate the orbit and then close by collecting the energy at the na- vel. Practice the Inner Smile in Daily Life. Although the inner smile is used primarily to help you to relax prior to practicing the microcosmic orbit, it is powerful as a meditation in its own right. Simply smiling the inner smile in your daily life can bring tremendous results. If you are constantly aware of your inner smile, it will transform your life.

One student went to ask her boss for a raise which she had been promised. She knew her boss was tight with money and would put up a fight, so she approached the grumpy boss with an inner smile as well as her outer smile. After frequently practicing the inner smile he made good friends with himself, and began to realize potential hidden by his negative self deprecations. If you master an inner smile you may well feel like the turtle, entering the unknown sea with his protective shell snugly encased about him.

Likewise, you will have the power to create a relaxed meditative environment capable of withstanding any external situ- ation. Negativity will bounce off your smile and you will enjoy your- self wherever you are. Summary The inner smile gives you love where you most need it, at home.

Your home is your body because your body is where you live no matter where you are. Learn to see it as a community of many hardworking, devoted members who go unrecognized and are of- ten abused. Learn to deal with your various parts as though they were your own children deserving of respect and affection. Leave no one out and in no time you will know what it is to be loved and you will know what is meant by Loving Energy.

Do this continuously and your world will blossom. So smile to yourself where ever you go, to who ever you see. Part II: Circulate Healing Energy in the Microcosmic Orbit. Open the Front Channel, the Functional. The functional channel meridian runs down the front of the body and is yin, female, or cold in quality; the governor channel at the back is yang, male, or hot.

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When joined, these two form the Micro- cosmic Orbit which links with all the vital organs of the body. By completing this route, the yin and yang mix in harmony, enabling you to increase your energy flow, and send energy, hormones, and vitality throughout your body.

In this way energy can be collected, transformed and absorbed where necessary. To establish the flow along the meridians some Taoists con- centrated on easy-to-get energy points which were in accord with acupuncture points. By focusing on these specific power centers the Taoists realized that not only was chi released so that a warm current was felt, but that the energy points were activated, effect- ing a whole set of mental and physical functions.

Focusing on the navel, for instance, effects the entire gastro-intestinal system, and the increased chi aids in digestion and balances the appetite. The Microcosmic Orbit begins and ends at the navel, and the functional channel extends from the palate to the perineum. To open the front channel, we work from the navel to the perineum, and later, after opening the back channel, we open the remainder of the functional channel. Awaken the Individual Healing Points To awaken the energy in the individual points use your inner vision.

Direct your vision inwardly to the point you wish to activate, and concentrate your mind on that point in your body. Do not create a visual image of the energy point in your mind. Rather bring your mind down from your head and put it in your body, e. The energy, or chi flow that eventually results will be experienced differently by people depending on physical, emotional, and psy- chological conditions.

Genetic make-up, past history, diet, imme-. Some might feel the power of the warm current in a few minutes or a few weeks, while others may take months to feel it. Some experience the energy as hot or cold, some report tingling sensations and some see colors. Many people experience soreness or pain when they practice, a sign that they are becoming sensitive to their formerly numbed body parts in the same way that we feel pain when our leg starts to come back to life after falling asleep.

However you experience the energy is fine. Do not ignore the messages and sensations your body sends; if anything, listen more attentively and experience your body more fully. These messages are valuable signals that you are coming in tune with your etheric energy body that connects your physical body to your mind.

Choosing your First Point: The Navel The first energy center is normally the navel, but it varies if you have problems such as high or low blood pressure, if you are old, or if you have chest problems. The navel serves as the generator of electricity which supplies all the other points.

The Taoists considered the navel the earth or root of the body. It is the origin of energy: After birth the surrounding energy continues to enter through the same area. The navel also is the place where breath originates. As blood and chi are drawn to this point a deep rhythmic breathing is estab- lished, and the entire mid-section of the body becomes a huge pump, vigorously circulating the chi and blood throughout the or- ganism. This circulation distributes the life substances and relieves the heart of its heavy burden.

Moreover, blood follows chi, and when vital power is distributed evenly throughout the body no energy accumulates at one point, thereby overheating or damaging the nearby vital organs. When the warm current has removed the impuri- ties, the blood follows to finish the job of restoration.

Use a Finger to help Concentrate When you concentrate on the navel focus one and a half inches below the skin. In the beginning, apply pressure on the point with your index finger for one to five minutes, then return your hands to. Concentrate on the sen- sation created by your finger, pressing again when the point be- comes indistinct. Once more, do not concentrate on breathing. Merely relax your eyes, tongue, and throat, and the mind will become still Once the mind is calm the power will accumulate.

At first it is not easy to draw power to the energy center be- cause your vital regenerative faculties have been abused for years. Your health cannot be restored overnight. The more you practice the stronger you will get, and you will be more able to endure heat produced by the higher voltage of chi. If you have been concentrating on the navel for a long time but do not feel any energy, change your focus to the Ming-Men, the point opposite the navel on the spine.

This helps the energy to rise up to the head and descend down the front of the body to the feet. However, if you do not feel anything in the navel but have definite signs of improved health, you are on the right track.

Remember, the experience of chi is different for everybody. Some people expe- rience warmth or bubbling sensations, others feel as though their navel area is expanding, and some people can increase their chi circulation without creating vivid sensations. No matter what your experience is, try to be as sensitive and aware of your body as possible.

Adventure into your body, it is a vast land laden with riches. Heart and Chest Problems When some people concentrate on the navel too long, the energy moves up to the chest and effects the heart and lungs. If this hap- pens the practitioner should either see a teacher, or choose a point lower down on the body so the energy in this problem area can drain out. If, when concentrating on the navel, your pulse rate goes up uncomfortably, concentrate instead on the Ming-Men, the point opposite your navel in your lower back.

If this causes too much pressure in your heart, bring your attention back to the Ming- Men. Nervous Tension, Old Age, Physical Weakness If you have nervous tension concentrate on the navel, alternating with the Ming-Men opposite the navel on the back. If you are older or physically weak, concentrate on the Yin-Tang point between the eyebrows.

High Blood Pressure For high blood pressure first focus on the navel, then bring your attention to the feet. In the beginning you can tape two prickly nuts over the Yung-Chuan points Bubbling Spring on the balls of your feet. The sensation of the nuts pressing into your feet will help to keep your attention in your feet. By focusing on your feet you put your mind into your feet, which directs the energy and blood there, consequently lowering your overall blood pressure.

Do not focus on the Yin-Tang mideyebrow or Pai-Hui crown of head because it will cause a great deal of blood and chi to go to the head further raising the blood pressure.

After that he was unable to sleep for ten days. If you have high blood pressure, find a physician who would be interested in using concentration to help control your blood pres- sure. He should check your blood pressure regularly to see if the chi circulation is effective for you. Low Blood Pressure Concentrating in the mideyebrow region will enable power and blood to flow into the head, aiding low blood pressure. But like those with high blood pressure, those with low blood pressure should have it checked regularly.

Once the blood pressure has returned to nor- mal you should concentrate at the navel for fifteen minutes then shift the power up to the head for fifteen minutes. For abnormally low A. For low blood pressure, blood pressure, begin by begin by concentrating concentrating at the crown between the eyebrows. While the navel is a good starting point for most people who are healthy, those who have high blood pressure or stomach and in- testinal problems, it is not good for those with low blood pressure because it causes the blood to drop.

Gastro-intestinal Problems Anyone with gastro-intestinal problems will have more difficulty in opening the meridian because the digestive organs are linked to it. Each of these organs must be cleansed and strengthened before the route may be completed. Your digestion and elimination will greatly improve during your work on the Functional Channel.

Remember that once you complete the Microcosmic Orbit and are able to collect more power you will be able to cure yourself. You will be able to bring your life force to the afflicted area. Meditating on the navel point strengthens the Gastro-Intestinal organs.

It is important not to think of your self as sick or weak. You can be free of an ailment no matter how long you may have had it. Very often the difference depends on your attitude.

The psychosomatic origin of illness is widely known. If you have confidence in this method, your psychosomatic ailments will be banished.

In effect, you will be overcoming your hidden desire for illness that first made you ill. The increased circulation of chi between your mind and your body will cause these hidden negative desires to surface and dissipate.

When the Ching-Chi Sperm energy first awakens, you may have difficulty telling whether it is real or imagined. But soon you will be absolutely convinced of the indisputable reality of the energy flow. It will start in the abdomen or the hands or legs or the big toes. Those who run or practice Tai Chi or Kung Fu often feel it first in the legs. Those who use their hands much will often feel it there first. A warm feeling of waves or bubbles is described as arising in the abdomen.

Though everyone is altogether unique in this regard, the sensations are not to be imagined, however, because they are not like anything one has already experienced.

Second Energy Center: To locate the point place your hands flat on your stomach with your thumbs at your navel. In later practice this point becomes a great source of energy.

For Men, Jing Gong Sperm Palace The second energy center is located in the Sperm Palace, the area of the prostrate gland and seminal vesicles in the lower abdomen just above the penis.

Before concentrating you can use your index fingers to apply pressure to the area for one minute, returning your hands to your lap and concentrating on the sensations. Apply pressure again as the feelings fade. For Unmarried and Young Men The sperm palace is important for a man because it can cause him to be sexually aroused. If this happens, bring the power back from the Sperm Palace to the Ming-Men point opposite the navel on lower back.

This sexual energy can be used to greatly increase the circulating power of your chi, but first you must learn to circu- late the Microcosmic Orbit without sexual distractions. For Middle-Aged and Old Men Those who feel less sexual stimulation and older people, 40 to 60 years old, can concentrate on the sperm palace until they feel power. If, however, they begin to have night emissions, they should also switch to the Ming-Men. Those who do not have this problem can concentrate at the Sperm Palace until they experience warmth and a feeling of light-.

If they have any kind of sensation other than what they normally experience in their meditation, they can shift their attention down to the Hui-Yin perineum , midway between the anus and penis or vagina. Third Energy Center: Hui-Yin or Perineum The Hui-Yin or Gate of Life and Death is found in the lower part of the trunk amidst the endings of many blood vessels and nerve endings.

It is located at the mid-point between the anus and the penis or the vagina. Because it is lower, it tends to lose power. You can help stimulate this point by rubbing it until you feel it is warm. This area is very tender and you must remember not to rub too hard. When you concentrate on the Hui-Yin, the time needed to col- lect and awaken the power is different in each person due to differ- ences in genetic make-up. Some might take long, some might not. But, on the average, it should take two to four weeks if you practice twice a day for 15 to 30 minutes at a time.

You should not persist any longer than that. If this happens, it means that you have developed and collected too much power in that area. Instead of the power having travelled down to the base of the spine it has gone up to the chest. Shifting your concentration to the Ming-men solves the prob- lem and you will be symptom-free in a few days.

Hui-Yin CO For both men and women the Hui-Yin perineum is located midway between the anus and genitals. Concentrating on this point sometimes leads to vibrating sensa- tions or the feeling that something is jumping inside or a strong sexual arousal.

Abdominal breathing can cause an erection to re- cede and allows for the concentration to continue without interrup- tion. If you concentrate on this point too long however, it can open the thrusting routes or Kundalini , which leads to various side ef- fects.

If the energy succeeds in passing very quickly up through the throat chakra and continues up to the top of the head to the crown, where it spreads out sprinkler-like, showering down over the practitioner, there will be very few, if any side effects.

In fact if you have managed to open all the channels, your whole system will be nourished in the process. Time is essential in all meditation. You cannot expect any re- sults without putting in a great deal of effort. Remember that the navel is the generator and every time you commence practicing you have to start from this point. When you feel power has devel- oped there warmth, tightness, expansion, etc.

Chapter V Open the Back Channel: From the Hui-Yin the energy moves to the Chang-Chiang, or sacrum, and begins its ascent up the back to the crown of the head and the brow point. The back channel is extremely important as it contains two pumps, one at the sacrum the large bone at the lower end of the spine , the other at the Yu-Chen back of the neck near the upper end of the spine.

The first pump sends chi and spinal fluid up to the neck, the second receives the chi and spinal fluid and pumps it up into the brain. Opening the back channel is like bringing fresh air to a stuffy room.

Your spinal column and head will be refreshed, the nerves will be activated, and the extra oxygen and blood flowing to your brain will make you feel more alert, more alive. Fourth Energy Center: This point is very important because it is here that the power is either returned to the body or lost. When the generative power sperm power is returned, it passes through this canal and into the spinal cord and then to the brain. When you have concentrated for some time you may feel a sensation of warmth and pressure rise up into the coccyx through the many nerve endings and the eight holes, which in the esoteric system are called the holes of the soul.

The first level, opening the Microcosmic Orbit, may be said to be the preparation of the way. The energy that passes here is the real sperm and ovary power and is the energy of the life force that is produced in the body and cells. The second level trains the chi to move along 34 additional routes and involves the cleaning of the organs.

In the third level. At that time some people may feel a needle-like pain. Some may report having a feeling of tightness there and others will be aware of something pushing its way inside. It will help you to open the point much more easily if you rub the coccyx with a soft cloth until you feel warmth there and then sit down to practice concentration.

Yin-Tang Pai-Hui Go Chang-Chiang GO Fifth Energy Center: It is the midpoint of the kidney, between L2 and L3 on the vertebrae. It is at this point that kidney power is concentrated. The left kidney is Yin and the right is Yang and at the center point is a balance between the two. The Ming Men the main power point of the body then, is the harmony point, containing Yin power. When you concentrate here, the power rises up the back or descends to the feet.

This helps to prevent. Those are standing, sitting, or walking, can use the Ming-men as their point of concentration. Back Pain While Concentrating Those of you who have back pain may find that the pains intensify when you concentrate on the Ming Men. Do not let that stop you.

Before concentrating rub your hands together to produce warmth and place them on the painful area. When you first start Ming Men practice it might help to use scotch tape to fasten something prickly over the point or press the point for about a minute before concen- trating on it. In time you will need only a few minutes to concentrate and collect energy.

Many people feel the power more readily at the Ming Men than at the navel. Try to remember when you concentrate, to let the power warm current flow. Do not try to direct the power. In the beginning, when you feel warmth in the navel, move your point of concentration down.

The power follows this shift of attention, it is not that you have brought the power down. The power in your body knows where to go. Chi-chung Opposite the Solar Plexus on the Spine The sixth energy center is located between the adrenal glands T- 11 , opposite the solar plexus on the spine. The adrenals stimulate the inner part of the medulla in the brain, which prepares the organism for fight or flight.

The outer part, the cortex, governs sodium balance and is involved in blood sugar level. Those who have diabetes may find that concentration on this point will help them to lower their blood sugar level. Allergy sufferers may also find relief by concentrating here. If you are weak or ill, you can concentrate on this point any time.


This practice can be very stimulating. Young people and those who are stronger, should not focus on the Chi-chung in the evening because it will keep them awake. Stimulate the Pancreas When you concentrate on the Chi-chung adrenal gland , you also activate or stimulate the pancreas. Like the adrenal glands, the pancreas is involved in blood sugar level and concentration on this point may have a normalizing effect. Whether this can help those who have diabetes would have to be born out by extended tests with many subjects under controlled conditions for a considerable period of time.

However, without doubt, there would be improve- ment in the condition. As you continue concentrating on this point the power will collect and gradually push its way up to your head.

The power of this point is the mixture of that found at the navel point no. Seventh Energy Center: This part of the brain controls breath- ing, heartbeat, and various functions associated with the automatic nervous system. Thus, when the chi passes up the back to the Yu- Chen point many changes will occur. Many different kinds of breath- ing patterns become available and are activated naturally accord- ing to necessity.

With continued practice many people have found that their back problems have been alleviated and even cured as the power works its way through on its upward path.

However, if the power builds up in the brain you may experience pain, nausea, illusions, irritability, insomnia, mood swings, and sleepiness. Be sure to direct the power down to your navel when you finish your practice period. Eighth Energy Center: Its functions are related to sensitivity and to the sexual cycle. It governs the hindbrain, hearing, body rhythm, equilibrium, perception of light through the eyes and skin, and is the superior counter-support of the brain and spinal cord.

In Chinese it is called the Hundred Point Joint or the compass of men, because it is at the top of the crown of the head. When you concentrate here you may feel pressure or a sense of expansion in the middle of the head.

This is an indication of power flow. When this happens, concentrate on the next point and remember not to spend more than a month practicing on any one energy center. When the power passes through the mid-brain and the region of the pineal gland, you may feel some tightness or a kind of pres- sure pushing forward and backward in this area.

You may also suddenly feel very sleepy. When the power freely passes through this point you will be afflicted less by illusion, you will be able to concentrate better, and your head will feel much lighter. However, as blood flow to the head increases, your eyes may redden.

When the power builds up more some people may see light, a rainbow of colors, the sun, the moon, or a star twinkling before their eyes. Others may feel that they can foresee the future but that is an illusion because occult vision is still far off at this stage. No matter what comes up, simply find ways to calm your mind. Completing the Microcosmic Orbit does not mean that some special sense will be opened to you, though the energy or chi vi- brating in the brain and coursing back and forth through the ner- vous system can lead to various aberrations of the senses.

You may see and hear many unusual things, but all of them will simply be illusions, so try to ignore them. Some practitioners describe being surrounded by light. Tradi- tional Chinese masters would explain such an experience as be- ing due to some physical ailment which gradually reflects outwardly. Those who have weak kidneys or a low sex drive will reflect a black light. Those with liver illness find that the light that is reflected is green.

People with heart disease report seeing red light. Lung dis- ease is expressed as a white light. Spleen and stomach illness is indicated in yellow and for those with gall bladder disease, the light which is reflected will be black. If the redness of the eyes does not go away after practicing for two or three hours, you should consult a doctor. Ninth Energy Center: This point is located between the eyebrows, above the nasal cavity.

It is the master endocrine control gland, regulating growth, gonadal function, the adrenals and the thyroid. It is said to govern the forebrain, vision, the right eye, as well as being the seat of love, compassion, knowledge, integration or per- sonality, love of humanity and devotion. It is further said to be the seat of intelligence, conceptual memory reading, thinking, study- ing , linear sequential time consciousness, abstract and concep- tual thinking, compulsiveness, racism, sexism and paranoia.

The pituitary and the pineal gland are extremely important when completing the routes, for it is at these two points that you can check your power flow. When you concentrate on the navel and store power there, energy suddenly rises up and passes through the Niwan the pineal gland.

The next checking point is the Yin Tang the pituitary gland. When you have completed the Micro- cosmic Orbit you can use these two, the Niwan and the Yin- tang,. The rest of the points are usually not sensitive enough for this.

To complete the route, the power has to flow down from the soft palate, through the tongue, into and through the throat, the Hsuan-chi, the Shuan-chung heart chakra the Chung-wan solar plexus and finally the navel again.

When the power has passed from the midbrain to the forebrain and then to the pituitary gland and the mammalary bodies, many students will feel pressure in both the left and right sides of their forehead, which is due to resistance to the flow often found when the route narrows as it comes down through the nose.

This may stimulate the release of mucous or even lead to sinus trouble, if you are inclined that way. After some time you may experience a fragrance. This is said to be caused by hormone glands purifying the internal organs. It is impossible to describe all the various senses that have been reported but flowers, perfumes, wine bouquet and coconut water have been mentioned.

This is again due to the fact that there is resistance to the flow of energy. If you can ignore these feelings, the condition will gradually abate. Concentrating on the brow point reduces the jarring effects of sudden loud noises. By contrast, students who concentrate on the navel do not have this facility. A degree of stability is reached, then, by the time you reach the point between the eyebrows.

The ten- dency to worry will diminish and disappear as practice progresses. From then on you feel more saliva being released, which is said to be caused by hormones which are activated in the pituitary gland. With continued practice, the saliva will become more sweet and fragrant, at which time it is referred to as nectar. This nectar helps to stimulate appetite and to activate all of your bodily systems.

When your appetite is good, your digestion and assimilation are improved and you feel both content and invigo- rated. To top it all, you will also feel very calm. Students at this level report that they hear internal noises ranging from the beating of the heart and the magnified sound of their breathing to the rushing sound of the blood as it passes through blood vessels and the workings of their various inner organs.

They even describe sounds. Most of these smells and sounds have always been there, but have been overshadowed by our attention to other things. As you grow qui- eter, and become less distracted, these ever present sounds be- come evident with the exception of the nadis, the divine sounds, which alter characteristically as one progresses spiritually.

When you have finally reached the point between your eyebrows, you are half-way finished. These steps have already been described as organ purification, stimulation and development of the vital flow for the healing of ill- ness.

It brings strength and vitality to those who have been weak and finally rejuvenation and long life. This calls for a very subtle balancing of powers and methods of approach to avoid the many pitfalls that side-effects can bring.

The danger here is real. Without the proper knowledge as to how to proceed, outright physical and emotional damage can result. Some of the side-effects, again, are sensations of tightness or heaviness in the head, sleepiness, ear-noises, toothaches, sinusitis, nervous- ness, anger and irritability, all of which are due to having too much power accumulated in the head. At the navel circulate the chi clockwise if you are male 36 times and then counterclockwise 24 times, ending by pushing in at the navel reversing the direction of circling if you are female.

If you concentrate solely on the forehead or if you do so for long periods of time without having properly opened the routes, you will have most of these ill effects. Of the hundreds of students I have taught, most of them have reached higher levels of practice with- out much, if any, such trouble. Our aim here is to acquaint you with the side effects that can occur and how to prevent them so that you can be alerted to what can happen as you practice and thereby be more successful in your endeavors.

Younger people, who have stronger power, must be more careful and should be sure to bring the power down to the navel at the end of each session. When the energy reaches the area of the eyebrows it either pushes up out of the top of the head, leaks out the ears or eyes, or comes down the front of the body towards the navel. Pushing up through the top of the head requires that the bones be cracked apart, which takes tremendous power.

It is much easier to push down through the palate and complete the route. Reverse the Chi Flow Easiest of all, however, and most recommended for beginners who are often unable to send the energy through the palate, is to return the energy to the navel along the same route it came from.

Simply reverse the flow of the chi and take it back down the spine and continue all the way to the feet. Then bring it up your front to the navel, throat, and palate. Practice the following sequence to drain excess energy col- lected in the head and circulate it to the Door of Life and the soles of the feet. From the area between the eyebrows direct the warm cur- rent down to the nose for about 10 minutes and then bring the energy down even lower. With practice, you will develop the ability to direct this force so that it will flow as you will it to.

Bring the power back up to the Pai-Hui crown of head. Stop for a while, allowing the power to flow backward from the mideye region to the Yu-Chen back of neck. Pause there for a while and then proceed down to the Ja-Jie, which is at mid-shoulder level and from there down to the Chi- Chung Tl1 and then the Ming-men L2 and L3 in the back and opposite to the navel.

Stop and concentrate here longer until you feel tense in your forehead. Then shift your attention down to the coccyx and then to the Hui-Yin in the perineum mid-point between the anus and the pe- nis.

This route then divides into two, one through each leg, de- scending down, along the inside of the thighs down to the inside of the ankle the inside regarded as the Yin Power and ending in the soles of the feet at the Yung Chuan K1. You should then concen- trate here at the Yung Chuan until you feel it become warm.

When you first begin this practice you might try taping a prickly nut to the bottoms of your feet, so that when you step on it as you walk the energy center there will be activated. In time, energy will emanate as a warm, tingly feeling and spread out through your feet and legs. Raise the energy up the front up to the big toes, stop for a while, then go to the knee and then up the leg to the perineum.

Proceed to the navel point. Pause and gather additional chi. Raise the chi up to the heart, the throat and into the tongue that is pressed against the palate. Eventually the chi will connect with the point above, Yin-Tang, the brow, thereby completing the Microcosmic Orbit. Tenth Energy Center: Tongue to the Palate Students who initially have great success in circulating chi power with no ill side effects may choose to proceed directly in joining the front and back channels.

This involves lowering the energy from the Yin-Tang, or brow point, to the next energy point, the palate. Even though the palate is constructed of soft bone it takes is considerable period of sustained effort for most practitioners to penetrate it and complete the route. The force which is generated in this practice often causes side effects such as headaches, illu- sions, erratic mood swings, insomnia, irritability and vague aches and pains.

If such effects persist, immediately reverse your chi flow back down the spine to the feet. In the beginning, place the tip of your tongue just behind your front teeth later you will transmit more energy if you place it in the middle of the soft palate or even further back along the roof of the mouth.

The palate links the front and back channels, and the tongue on the palate links the switch that enables the energy to flow in a complete circuit. If you watch sleeping babies you will see that often they keep their tongue on the roof of their mouths. They know instinctively how to circulate the microcosmic orbit as their yin and yang energy is still naturally balanced. Even thumb sucking may be an attempt to connect the channels!

When you put your tongue to your palate you may feel sensa- tions, or you may feel nothing. If you feel a small vibration, or your tongue moves back and forth involuntarily, chances are you have completed the orbit. Some people, however, do not feel sensa- tions.

If you do not feel sensation, but your health has improved, and you feel lighter, less worried, and more energetic, you prob- ably completed the orbit. Eleventh Energy Center: Concentrating here will often cause coughing or difficulty in breathing.

When the energy pushes up through the throat and enters the mouth some people have been known to cough up dark, sticky mucous. This is considered to be characteristic of the clear- ing of this energy center and this leads to a free flow of energy from the throat to the tongue.

Most people feel more calm and less wor- ried when this energy flows from the navel up to the throat and to the tongue and with no congestion in the chest. They are simply freed of stress in opening the route. It does not mean that they will never have any worries or anxiety but that they will feel more calm and will be able to sit and concentrate more easily.

Heart Thymus Adrenals. Pancreas Solar Plexus Spleen. In this level we are linking all the energy centers together; not opening or cultivating the center chakra of the Microcosmic Or- bit. Twelfth Energy Center: